Amy Adams in Vionnet at the Critics’ Choice Awards: gorgeous or boring?

This is a fashion post for last night’s Critics’ Choice Awards. We’ll be bringing you more fashion throughout the morning along with news of the winners. (Here’s a link to a list of all the winners.) Here we have the lovely Amy Adams, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, which went to Anne Hathaway. Boo. Those two will also go head to head at The Academy Awards, and while I don’t think Amy will take home the Oscar, I don’t want it to go to Hathaway. Maybe Sally Field will be triumphant in that category. Field already has two Oscars for Best Actress, and I’d love to see her get a Best Supporting.

In terms of Amy Adam’s dress, she’s a knockout. She’s wearing a designer I haven’t heard of (not that I’m a fashion person anyway), Vionnet. Some of you may think this is a snooze but I absolutely love it. It’s a very classic-looking gown with some careful risks, like the deep draped neckline and barely asymmetric peplum. Amy’s understated hair and makeup are perfection. She almost always impresses me on the red carpet.

Octavia Spencer was a presenter, but the Oscar-winner wasn’t nominated for anything this year. Her dress is of course Tadashi Shoji, her go-to designer last awards season. This is a look we’ve seen on her before and while it’s very pretty I’d like to see her mix it up. (I wrote all that before I saw that Red Carpet Fashion Awards said the same thing!) I was a little distracted by Octavia’s bangs last night, they cover a lot of her face. I’d like to see that trend die. Her makeup and hair are otherwise lovely and striking though. I’m wondering why we haven’t seen more of Octavia. She did a couple of movies last year that we barely heard about and has a handful in the can, so maybe 2013 will be her year.

Melissa Leo is also no longer on the high she was at awards season the past two years, but she’s working incredibly steadily, judging from her imdb. Here she gets it very wrong in a weird sparkly ill-fitting copper and black dress. She’s paired it with black tights, which is the glaring error here, and witchy shoes. I’ll say something nice – I like her hair and makeup.

And I’m just adding Jaime King in here for the hell of it. She’s a definite contrast to the talented ladies above. She’s on “Hart of Dixie,” a guilty pleasure of mine, and her acting is atrocious. She’s very pretty and willing to take fashion risks, though, and she gets a lot of red carpet invites. Jamie is in Jason Wu and this dress is amazing. I normally don’t like sheer skirts, but this one is modest enough and I love the small square print overlay and that fab belt. This is a very sexy look.

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  1. Marianne says:

    I think Amy Adams looks really great here. Octavia looks good, but I hate the wig. Melissa Leo looks like crap and Jaime looks amazing and is easily my favourite from this bunch.

  2. serena says:

    Love Amy Adams, she looks lovely and gorgeous here.

  3. GoodCapon says:

    Amy’s dress is sloppy around the bust area, otherwise it looks great!

  4. annabelle says:


    Amy’s dress seems almost..too big?…somehow. I’m not in love.

    Octavia has got to be kidding with that 15 year old’s prom hair.

    Melissa, nice tights. It’s Zooey Deschanel in a few years. Yikes.

    And Jaime looks pretty, but also a bit trashy and corpse-y, so not a home run.

  5. truthful says:

    Love Amy but this dress does nothing for her, she has a nice figure..she should show it off a lil more. she is such a pretty lady to me though.

    I like Octavia’s look because she did not go all “gowny” to the floor with it.

    I watch “Hart of Dixie” too and I’ll give Ms. King as pass because I do.
    she is slightly serving them in this lil number.

  6. Erinn says:

    I really like Amy Adams… though I find her boring in general. I think she’s quite talented, and a beautiful woman… but just kind of bland. Which isn’t always a bad thing.

    I like… parts of all the outfits. But as a whole… eh… they’re not very good.

  7. T.C. says:

    Love Amy and Octavia’s looks. Not a fan of Melissa Leo’s or Jaime King’s.

  8. Jenny says:

    Melissa Leo looks like she dressed and did her make up in the dark.

  9. Hannah says:

    Really like Jamie’s dress (that’s a weird sentence, isn’t it? *g*).

  10. Mel says:

    I’m guessing that Vionnet is the great Madeleine Vionnet’s old fashion house, has someone resureected it? Madame Vionnet wouldn’t have designed anything this ill-fitting however.

  11. CandyKay says:

    Vionnet is a great name in fashion. Madame Vionnet was one of the very first ‘name’ designers in the start of the 20th century. She was known for her draping.

  12. Elle says:

    I love Amy Adams and I think she’s a gorgeous woman. I’m not a complete fan of this dress? Amy has such a lovely figure and I’m not sure this really shows it off? But I think the draping is supposed to be high fashion.

    Either way, love her. Class act.

  13. Miss Kiki says:

    Amy Adam’s dress is decent and I don’t hate Jaime King’s dress either, but none of the outfits are really inspiring much within me. They’re all just ok.

  14. lucy2 says:

    Don’t love the dress, but Amy looks really beautiful. Octavia’s is OK – did anyone see her on 30 Rock last night? Hilarious. Jamie’s is pretty, but wow that white blonde hair is severe.

    As bad as that is, it might be the best Melissa Leo has looked on the red carpet, she is perpetually in terrible choices. She’s a pretty woman and her hair and makeup look great, but her dresses are never good.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      Amy’s loses some points in the draping for me–it’s it bit too perilous in the bust for my tastes. So close to being a Art Deco knockout, but I guess she’s have to settle with being an everyday knockout. She was pretty scary in The Master. If anything, I’d like to see her step away from the ubiquitous mermaid hair.

      Octavia is tasteful and not doing the try-hard thing. It’s more of the same and hair’s kind of ‘whuck’, but it’s classy and not overbearing. It’s classy and we love to see that she’s consistently lovely on the red carpet, even if repetitious. Even though it’s not the most grandiose outfit, I really like that she’s not trying to steal focus from this year’s nominees and that she went for something off the beaten path.

      Melissa–Oh, it was less embarrassing when you berated Louis C.K. into performing a certain act in your guest spot. YOU know…So much improved. I don’t get it, as far as I’m concerned the ingredients are there but when she gets dressed it’s like dousing the prime rib in gasoline. P.S.: You’re pretty and never change.

      Jaime: I’m not going to slam a girl for being alabaster, which is easy because her skin’s pretty nice. However, the Gwen Stefani School Of Severity doesn’t really suit her. She’s cute, but here she kind of looks like she’s auditioning for Powder 2 at a popular ceruse den.

  15. QQ says:

    Actually everyone but Melissa leo ( why are those shies even…)

    Amy’s dress i liked but i dont like the hair down situation, I also dont particularly follow this girl mostly cause i cant and always confuse her with The Office Girl and Isla Fischer To me they all seem to be like the same person somehow?

  16. smartyparty says:

    Amy looks amaaaazing, seriously I burst out in a big smile just seeing her looking so great, sexy and classy. BUT she is suffering from the white girl curse of mottled legs. My legs look like that, too, in mid winter. I know porcelain is in, as it should be, but sometimes us white-as-snow gals need just a liiiitle help from the sun or we look mottled like that. Actually it makes me feel better to know that even Hollywood stars have this issue lol.
    Melissa Leo ALWAYS gets it wrong. Its depressing!

  17. MG says:

    How many times has Amy Adams been nominated? Seems like A LOT.

  18. Shelly says:

    I really dislike Amy’s dress, but she is still gorgeous. I love her.

  19. Claudia says:

    Gorgeous gorgeous dress on Jamie King. Not a fan of Amy’s dress, it looks a little sloppy… but I am always happy when there’s a post about her, so I’ll take it :)

  20. Latisha says:

    Why is that when a plus sized black actress wins best supporting actress it doesn’t help their career at all? I assume that they don’t have alot of roles for black women and even less for heavy black women but I haven’t seen Monique or Octavia Spencer in any movies since they won.And Jennifer finally got a t.v role on a low rated show 5 years after winning.I just hope we see Octavia more.Yes she was great on 30 Rock last night.

  21. StaCat1 says:

    Why aren’t we critiquing the men’s clothes? We only get to rip on women..doesn’t seem very equal.

    • Claudia says:

      I agree with your general sentiment, but the men tend to all dress the same at award shows. They don’t really deviate much from the black suit and tie. Maybe critiquing their street style? I’ve noticed that in general, most gossip sites/tabloids focus on women…

  22. Nina says:

    Amy Adams is so pretty and talented. I think she gets overlooked a lot because she’s so damn perky… but she can bring it!
    Jaime King’s hair color needs to be tweaked ever so slightly to work better with her skin tone. Platinum is not for everyone, ladies…

  23. JulieM says:

    Amy is one of my all time favorites. So talented, but never a diva. Seems to be a really nice person. Looks great here. Sadly, I just don’t think this is her year for the gold statue. You’d think after 4 noms, “they” might just give it to her. Unfortunately, begging works, and Amy doesn’t beg.

    Madeleine Vionnet pioneered bias cut draping 100 years ago. One of the great icons of fashion and style.

  24. MisJes says:

    I disagree with Celebitchy about Amy’s look here – it’s boring, uninspired and looks as though she put little to no effort into the look. I wish she would have attended her hair differently, it lacks grooming and shine, and her make up is nothing to rave about.

    The dress has some interesting cuts but I think with both a peplum feature AND a draped neckline, it’s too much. The colours are boring also, I would have loved to see this dress in a different shade.

    The other three ladies – also meh. Nothing to write home about.